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Imran in Saudi Arabia on maiden foreign visit

MNA International Desk: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday in his first foreign visit since he assumed the country’s top office last month.

The two-day trip began exactly one month after Khan assumed office, with Pakistan possibly seeking billions of dollars in assistance from allies as it seeks to avert a balance-of-payments crisis.

Khan, who was accompanied by Finance Minister Asad Umar and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, was set to meet Saudi King Salman in the western city of Jeddah, reported news agency.

Former cricket great Khan and his cabinet face challenges including a faltering economy, militant extremism, water shortages and a rapidly growing population.

The most pressing is a looming balance-of-payments crisis, with analysts predicting Pakistan will have to go to the International Monetary Fund for a fresh bailout.

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